Korean Ash, Wax Clamshell Bowl
Korean Ash, Wax Clamshell Bowl
Korean Ash, Wax Clamshell Bowl
Korean Ash, Wax Clamshell Bowl
Korean Ash, Wax Clamshell Bowl
Korean Ash, Wax Clamshell Bowl
Korean Ash, Wax Clamshell Bowl
Korean Ash, Wax Clamshell Bowl
Korean Ash, Wax Clamshell Bowl
Korean Ash, Wax Clamshell Bowl
Korean Ash, Wax Clamshell Bowl
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Korean Ash, Wax Clamshell Bowl

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Kim Min Wook
Korean Ash, Wax
Dimensions: 18L x 10W x 8H

2022 Loewe Craft Prize nominee Kim Min Wook works in view of the sea. He lives in Busan, a large sea town and a hub of creativity, with film festivals, art fairs, and renowned galleries. We think the sea has an unknowing effect on the artist’s work. These days, Kim Min Wook is focusing on large scale pieces like this bowl that reminds us of a clamshell. The artist uses a wet and dry technique which shapes the hyper thin wood into this shape which curves into itself.

Care: Dust when needed. This piece has intentional color variations and cracks. Extremely fragile, please lift from below. Please do not place near humidity.


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The final product is beautiful, but the process is sweat and work and ultimately, in incredibly amount of effort.

Kim Min Wook has always had a fascination with making things beautiful, and feels that it’s in his DNA. The artist gravitated towards woodworking and has always had an affinity for trees. They are the longest living and tallest living thing on the planet, afterall. While some people like the feel dirt in their hands, and other’s like water, Kim liked the feel of wood. After taking a woodworking class with 20 other students, Kim was only one of only three students to become a woodworker. It was in this class he realized he was different. While most people think about how they can transform wood to make something for themselves, Kim always tried to revive the innate beauty of the tree. Kim says, “Even if my talent is lacking, wood is so beautiful it makes up for where I lack. It fixes me in places, and compensates for my shortcomings. I follow where the wood takes me, I leave my own ambition at the door.” Kim Min Wook’s works are extraordinarily light in comparison to the huge log that he starts with and oftentimes, a block of wood can go from 80 pounds to 1 pound (he works with his father to carry these large pieces of lumber). Stripping away that much wood takes an enormous amount of work. The final product is beautiful, but the process is sweat and work and ultimately, in incredibly amount of effort.

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